Organisation RE
Organisation Detail Research England
Reference Number IRC247036
Location Bristol See on Map
Salary £37789
Date Posted 11 October 2018
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 October 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st October 2018
Interview Date: 14th and 15th November 2018

Purpose of the job

A Higher Education Policy Advisor at pay band 8 contributes to the Council’s work by working with colleagues to develop and/or implement Research England policy and by managing – and sometimes leading – relations with universities and other external organisations. The main purpose of these roles are overseeing funding allocations and/or funded awards and in policy development– particularly assimilating evidence that is both qualitative and quantitative and producing detailed papers and briefings.


You will join the Knowledge Exchange (KE) Policy Team in Research England, UKRI.  This team supports the higher education sector to enhance its work with businesses, public sector and local communities for the benefit of the economy and society. The team work to meet Government priorities to provide assurance that universities are delivering efficiency and effectiveness in all forms of KE, in appropriate ways. Working with colleagues internally, in institutions, with academic and other experts and Government and other partner organisations, you will develop and deliver policy across a range of areas of activity within knowledge exchange.

We use the term ‘knowledge exchange’ to cover the multiple interactions between universities and businesses, public services, charities and communities to create societal and economic benefit. These interactions include joint research and development projects, consultancy and training, knowledge transfer partnerships and setting up new companies and social enterprises.

We are looking for a very well-organised, self-motivated person, ideally with a background in higher education, knowledge exchange or research policy. Capable of working on your own initiative, you will contribute substantially to the development and delivery of projects. You will have an analytical approach, high quality writing skills and be a confident communicator with people at all levels. You will need to work flexibly to contribute fully within a small team, with a proactive approach to solving problems within challenging deadlines.

If you have these qualities and experience; knowledge and interest in higher education knowledge exchange policy and funding and would welcome the opportunity to take on this exciting role then we would very much like to hear from you.


The Knowledge Exchange (KE) team cover a broad area of KE activities - to make best use of resources and skills within a small team and to ensure broad understanding of all aspects of KE policy, both specific and generic responsibilities are provided below.

KE policy responsibilities of the post:

  • develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of -and act as an authoritative source of advice on - KE policy issues, particularly on the performance of HEIs in knowledge exchange as part of the KE Framework (KEF)
  • act as a representative for external processes, including the forming HESA-led HE-BCI Review
  • act as a point of contact for queries from the sector on knowledge exchange, including Research England’s KE formula funding - Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)
  • supporting senior colleagues on the analysis of complex data, such as the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HE-BCI) and to feed into Research England’s wider evidence needs
  • also responding to queries from Government, including opportunities to enhance the quality and standards of KE
  • supporting senior colleagues on the development of KE policy and funding and incorporating policy objectives within the processes, while considering the level of institutional burden and monitoring information required
  • working on projects as they arise to meet emerging KE policy priorities and other emerging Research England priorities
  • supporting the development of evidence for the next Spending Review
  • work with colleagues to set up systems to efficiently database evidence to inform evaluation and implement policy reviews.

Generic responsibilities of the post:

  • manage and develop effective relations with universities and other external organisations
  • assess and use accurate qualitative and quantitative evidence in policy development
  • high quality drafting skills – producing written content for a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences, as well as contributing to high-level strategic briefings
  • play a lead role in the development and/or implementation of Research England KE policy
  • lead discussions and provide advice on Research England processes and requests to institutions
  • networking, intelligence gathering and sharing
  • internal project management (including managing consultants engaged in policy evaluation)
  • represent Research England at external meetings and presenting to external groups
  • initial preparation of Research England Board papers and other documents
  • develop effective internal relationships
  • delegate work as required.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at UK Research and Innovation is an organisation whose purpose is to support Research and Innovation in the UK.

Research England is a new council within UK Research and Innovation, operating from April 2018. As a key component of the research funding system, Research England will oversee UK Research and Innovation’s England-only functions in relation to university research and knowledge exchange. This includes providing grant funding to English universities for research and knowledge exchange activities; developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework in partnership with the UK Higher Education funding bodies; overseeing the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England; overseeing the £900 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund; and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).

Shortlisting Criteria


  • experience of working in a higher education, or research- based organisation
  • experience of policy development in the HE sector
  • experience of working in teams, planning and leading activities
  • numerate, with strong analytical skills and the ability to evaluate and interpret information to form judgements
  • ability to present complex data clearly and effectively, both visually and in writing
  • strong project management and planning skills
  • ability to write clear and accurate correspondence, appropriately tailored to the audience and in accordance with the ‘house’ style
  • a confident and approachable communicator able to communicate with people at all levels, in a clear, concise and fluent manner
  • strong organisational skills, particularly relating to commissioning research/knowledge exchange awards 
  • strong IT skills using Microsoft software packages (Word, Outlook, Excel & PowerPoint) and confident in working alongside/engaging with IT professionals engaged in technical delivery
  • flexibility to travel to meetings and work at other Council premises, including sometimes working outside of office hours and staying away overnight.


  • Degree level qualification.

Interview Criteria

  • demonstrable interest in developing knowledge of the higher education sector in which UKRI operates
  • ability to build effective working relationships with people at all levels internally and externally
  • ability to forward plan, using foresight with the ability to anticipate forthcoming situations and planning time and resources accordingly
  • demonstrating a creative, flexible and positive approach to problem solving
  • the ability to advise and coach others, as appropriate.
Research England recognises and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Further information regarding working for Research England can be found on our website. Queries regarding the role are welcomed, please contact Rachel Tyrrell via Melissa Murdoch ( T: 0117 931 7428)

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

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